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Playwrights and Authors Signing Books at Broadway Con

 

Are you planning to attend Broadway con in New York this year?  If so, you might want to stop by the Drama Book Shop’s booth.  They are planning to have a full line up of authors and playwrights signing copies of their books.  Here’s the list, courtesy of Playbill.com.

Jan. 22

1-2 PM – Stephen Dolginoff (Thrill Me, Monster Makers) and Tom Rowan (“A Chorus Line FAQ”)
2-3 PM – Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead, authors of “Jack And Louisa: Act I”
3-4 PM – A.R. Gurney (Sylvia, Love Letters, The Cocktail Hour and more…)
4-5:30 PM – The Doctor is in! Acting & Career Coach Annie Chadwick gives free advice!
4-5 PM – The Husband-and-Wife Playwrights of King Kirby, Fred Van Lente and Crystall Skillman (Cut, Geek! )
5:30-6:30 PM – Producer and Author, Stewart Lane (“Black Broadway”)

Jan. 23

10-11 AM – Andy Propst, author of “You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman”
11 AM-noon – Playwright Edwin Sanchez (Trafficking In Broken Hearts) and author/historian/critic Peter Filichia
12-1 PM – Playwright David Caudle (The Sunken Living Room) and author Ben Hodges (“Theatre World” and more…)
1-2 PM – Tony Award winner Lisa Kron (Fun Home, Well)
2-3:30 PM – Playwright and performer, Charles Busch (Die, Mommy, Die!, Psycho Beach Party, Times Square Angel, The Tale Of The Allergist’s Wife and more)
3:30-5 PM – The Doctor is in! Acting & Career Coach Annie Chadwick gives free advice!
3:30-4:30 PM – Playwright Lyle Kessler (Orphans)
5-6 PM – Playwright Heidi Schreck (Grand Concourse) and author Susan Schulman (“Backstage Pass To Broadway”)
6-7 PM – Annoying Actor Friend

Jan. 24

10:30-11:30 AM – Playwright Christopher Shinn (Dying City, Four, Teddy Ferrara)
11:30 AM-12:30 PM – Playwright Ruben Carbajal (The Gifted Program, Portland)
12:30-1 PM – Author Seth Rudetsky (creator and star of Disaster! The Musical) signs copies of “Seth’s Broadway Diary, ” Volumes 1 and 2.
1-2 PM – Author Jennifer Ashley Tepper signs “The Untold Stories of Broadway: Volumes 1 and 2.”
2-3 PM – Playwrights Halley Feiffer (I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard) and Jeff Talbott (The Submission)
3-4 PM – Dominique Morisseau (Skeleton Crew, Sunset Baby, Detroit ’67)
4-5 PM – Playwright Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter, The Metal Children, The Hallway Trilogy, and more)

Anthony Rapp (star of Rent, If/Then and more) is also scheduled to sign copies of “Without You,” but a time has not yet been announced.

 

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Playbill Publishes List of Upcoming Shows

 

Today Playbill.com announce shows opening in January 2016 and beyond as well as a sneak preview of new shows we can expect in the 2016-2017 season.  More information can be found in their article, but we’ve summarized it for you here.

2016

Our Mother’s Brief Affair

Our Mother's Brief AffairOn the verge of death for the umpteenth time, Anna (Linda Lavin) makes a shocking confession to her grown children: an affair from her past that just might have resonance beyond the family. But how much of what she says is true? While her children try to separate fact from fiction, Anna fights for a legacy she can be proud of. With razor-sharp wit and extraordinary insight, Our Mother’s Brief Affair considers the sweeping, surprising impact of indiscretions both large and small.

  • Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman
  • First Preview: December 28, 2015
  • Opening: January 20, 2016
  • Cast: Linda Lavin, Linda Lavin, Kate Arrington, Greg Keller, John Procaccino

The Humans

The HumansAfter a sleepless night, Mr. Blake has brought his family from Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s new apartment. As darkness falls outside the crumbling pre-war duplex, mysterious things start to go bump in the night and family tensions reach a boiling point.

  • Theatre: Helen Hayes
  • Previews Begin: Jan. 23, 2016
  • Opening: Feb. 18, 2016
  • Cast: Cassie Beck, Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Lauren Klein, Arian Moayed and Sarah Steele

Hughie

HughieA small-time gambler reminisces about a hotel clerk to the clerk’s successor, in Eugene O’Neill’s two-actor drama.

  • Theatre: Booth
  • First Preview: Feb. 8, 2016
  • Opening: Feb. 25, 2016
  • Cast: Forest Whitaker and Frank Wood

Eclipsed

EclipsedA group of women are held captive in Liberia.

  • Theatre: Golden
  • Previews Begin: February 23, 2016
  • Opening: March 6, 2016
  • Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Saycon Sengbloh, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah

Disaster!

Disaster!Musical spoof of 1970’s disaster movies, done previously Off-Broadway.

  • Theatre: Nederlander
  • First Preview: Feb. 9, 2016
  • Opening: March 8, 2016
  • Cast: Roger Bart, Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, Adam Pascal, Faith Prince, Rachel York, Jennifer Simard, Max Crumm, Lacretta Nicole and Seth Rudetsky

Blackbird

BlackbirdA woman tracks down and confronts the man who had a relationship with her when she was 12.

  • Theatre: Belasco
  • Previews Begin: February 5, 2016
  • Opening: March 10, 2016
  • Cast: Jeff Daniels, Michelle Williams

 

She Loves Me

She Loves MeGeorg (Levi) and Amalia (Benanti) are two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know, the anonymous romantic pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other.

  • Theatre: Studio 54
  • First Preview: February 19, 2016
  • Opening: March 17, 2016
  • Cast: Zachary Levi, Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski

 

Bright Star

Bright StarIn the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina between 1923 and 1945, Billy Cane, a young soldier just home from World War II, meets Alice Murphy, the brilliant editor of a southern literary journal. Together they discover a powerful secret that alters their lives.

  • Theatre: Cort
  • Previews Begin: February 25, 2016
  • Opening: March 24, 2016
  • Cast: Carmen Cusack

 

The Crucible

Arthur Miller’s political allegory framed as a story about a man falsely charged with witchcraft in colonial, Salem, MA.

  • Theatre: Walter Kerr
  • First Preview: February 29, 2016
  • Opening: April 7, 2016
  • Cast: Ben Whishaw, Saoirse Ronan, Ciaran Hinds. Sophie Okonedo.

 

The Father

A look inside the mind of Andre (Langella), a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch?

  • Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman
  • First Preview: March 22, 2016
  • Opening: April 12, 2016
  • Cast: Frank Langella

 

American Psycho

American PsychoDirect from a highly acclaimed, sold-out run in London, American Psycho brings its designer brand of style, sex and synthesizers to Broadway. Set in the excess of 1980s Manhattan, American Psycho tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young and handsome Wall Street banker who pursues his darkest American dreams. Patrick and his elite group of friends spend their days in exclusive restaurants, hot clubs and luxury labels. But at night, Patrick takes part in a more sinful indulgence, and his mask of sanity is starting to slip….

  • Theatre: Gerald Schoenfeld
  • First Preview: March 24, 2016
  • Opening: April 20, 2016
  • Cast: Benjamin Walker, Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano

 

Nerds

Before Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were the undisputed titans of technology, they were Nerds. Join America’s favorite garage inventors on a hilarious musical journey from the floppy disc era to the iPhone phenomenon, and the epic competition in between, that would revolutionize modern culture as we know it.

  • Theatre: Longacre
  • First Preview: March 31, 2016
  • Opening: April 21, 2016

 

Waitress

WaitressBased on the 2007 film of the same name, which follows a pregnant waitress named Jenna who is unhappily married in the Deep South. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness.

  • Theatre: Brooks Atkinson
  • First Preview: March 25, 2016
  • Opening: April 24, 2016
  • Cast: Jessie Mueller

 

Fully Committed

Fully CommittedBroadway premiere of the hit 1999 comedy about a harried reservations clerk at a hot restaurant with a mob of crazy guests…all played by one actor.

  • Theatre: Lyceum
  • First Preview: April 2, 2016
  • Opening: April 25, 2016
  • Cast: Jesse Tyler Ferguson

 

Tuck Everlasting

Tuck EverlastingGood girl Winnie Foster’s world has been safely contained behind the picket fence that surrounds the house she shares with her mother and grandmother. Yearning to break free, Winnie runs deep into the woods behind their house where she discovers the Tuck family and the secret they’ve been keeping.

  • Theatre: Broadhurst
  • First Preview: March 31, 2016
  • Opening: April 26, 2016
  • Cast: Sarah Charles Lewis, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Carolee Carmello, Michael Park, Terrence Mann

 

Long Day’s Journey into Night

Long Day's Journey Into NightO’Neill’s tale of an ordinary summer’s day with extraordinary consequences. Roundabout revives the story of the Tyrone family and their battle to unearth — and conceal — a lifetime of secrets.

  • Theatre: American Airlines
  • First Preview: March 31, 2016
  • Opening: April 27, 2016
  • Cast: Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Shannon

 

Shuffle Along, or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All that Followed

Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That FollowedA backstage musical about the events that led to the creation of the groundbreaking Eubie Blake-Noble Sissle musical Shuffle Along.

  • Theatre: Music Box
  • First Preview: March 15, 2016
  • Opening: April 28, 2016
  • Cast: Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon, Joshua Henry

 

Paramour

New musical that will represent the first Cirque du Soleil show assembled expressly for Broadway. Although it is scheduled to open in the 2015-16 season, it won’t be eligible for the Tony Awards until 2017.

  • Theatre: Lyric
  • First Preview: April 16, 2016
  • Opening: May 25, 2016
  • Cast: Ruby Lewis

 

2016 – 2017 Season

The Bandstand

This self-described “big-band musical” had a hit first production in summer/fall 2015 at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • First Preview: TBA
  • Opening: TBA
  • Cast: Laura Osnes and Corey Cott

 

The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry OrchardRoundabout Theatre Company presents a new adaptation of the Chekhov classic.

  • Theatre: American Airlines
  • First Preview: September 8, 2016
  • Opening: October 6, 2016
  • Cast: TBA

 

Holiday Inn: The New Irving Berlin Musical

Holiday InnRoundabout Theatre Company presents a stage adaptation of the 1942 film classic produced previously at Goodspeed Musicals and the St. Louis Muny.

  • Theatre: Studio 54
  • First Preview: September 1, 2016
  • Opening: October 13, 2016
  • Cast: TBA

 

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Broadway production of the musical that played Off-Broadway in 2013.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: September 2016
  • Cast: Josh Groban

 

The Master Builder

Broadway transfer of the 2015 London revival of the 1892 classic Ibsen play,  produced by Scott Rudin.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: Fall 2016
  • Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Linda Emond and Sarah Snook

 

Gotta Dance

Gotta DanceIn 2007, a group of expert dancers was tasked with getting professional basketball’s first ever senior citizen dance team performance-ready. The venue? Center court. The genre? Hip-hop. Over the coming months, bonds would be formed, generation gaps would be crossed, and, eventually, some pretty hot moves would be busted.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: Fall 2016
  • Cast: Lillias White, Andre De Shields, Georgia Engel, Haven Burton, Lori Tan Chinn and Stefanie Powers

 

Groundhog Day

Groundhog DayLike the 1993 film of the same title, on which it is based, the musical tells the story of a snarky TV journalist sent to cover Groundhog Day festivities in Punxatawney, PA, but finds himself in a “Twilight Zone”-like quandary, forced to live the day over and over again until he learns the errors of his ways and gets the day “right.”

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: Jan. 9, 2017
  • Cast: TBA

 

Falsettos

FalsettosAs Marvin struggles to create a ‘tight knit family’ out of his eclectic array of core relationships (including his ex-wife, his new boyfriend, his adolescent son, his psychiatrist, and his neighbors) amidst a series of monumental life changes, he is forced to reckon with his own views on love, responsibility, and what it means to be a man.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2016-2017 season
  • Cast: TBA

 

Motown the Musical

Return engagement of the Broadway musical that ran 738 performances 2013-2015.

  • Theatre: Nederlander
  • Opening: July 12, 2016
  • Cast: TBA

 

Piece of My Heart: The Bern Berns Story

A musical that showcases the songbook of 1960s hitmaker Bert Berns.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2016-2017 season
  • Cast: TBA

In the Works

17 Again

A man who is unhappy with how his life has turned out at 37 wakes up as his 17-year-old self and is given a second-chance to rewrite his story. A musical adaptation of the film, which starred Zac Efron.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Amelie

A musical adaptation of the award-winning 2001 film, which starred Audrey Tautou as a shy waitress with a wild imagination.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: Mid 2017
  • Cast: TBA

August Rush

A musically gifted orphan runs away from his New York City foster home in search of his birth parents. On his journey, he’s taken under the wing of a street Maestro named Wizard, who discovers his musical genius, names him ‘August Rush,’ and devises a plan to profit from his talent

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Beaches

Vivacious, outlandish Cee Cee and beautiful, privileged Bertie meet as children and become fast friends. From pen-pals to roommates to romantic rivals, Cee Cee and Bertie’s oil-and-water friendship perseveres through even the most tragic trials.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Cast: Whitney Bashor, Shoshana Bean

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Whorehouse recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the best pleasure palaces in all of Texas…that is, until the crusading television reporter Melvin P. Thorpe focuses his cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

A Bronx Tale

A musical version of Chazz Palminteri’s solo show, which tells the story of Calogero Anello, a young boy from a working class family who gets involved in the world of organized crime.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2016-2017 season
  • Cast: TBA

Chasing Rainbows

The musical traces the early life of Judy Garland, from her small-town birth to her starring role in the film classic “The Wizard of Oz.”

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2017
  • Cast: TBA

Children of a Lesser God

The story of James Leeds, a new teacher at a school for the deaf, and Sarah Norman, the school’s one-time star student who has stayed behind as its cleaning woman rather than venturing out into the hearing world.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Opening: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

C’Mon Get Happy

A modern-day story about a group of young people in search of themselves — who wind up following a charismatic cult leader who happens to worship all things “Partridge.”

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2016-2017
  • Cast: TBA

Diner

It’s Christmas 1959 in Baltimore and six high school buddies, now in their twenties, reunite at their old hangout, The Fells Point Diner – before one of them ties the knot.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

First Wives Club

Former college friends reunite at middle-age and discover they share the same unhappy story — their ungrateful husbands careened into midlife by dumping them for younger women. The three women band together and take back their lives with style.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Cast: Faith Prince, Christine Sherrill, Carmen Cusack

The Heart of Robin Hood

Forget everything you ever knew about Robin Hood. In this reimagining, Robin and his unmerry gang of cutthroats steal from the rich, but it’s never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone. But when wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps in to protect the poor and transform a thuggish Robin from hood to good.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

The Honeymooners

Ralph Kramden and his buddy Ed Norton are back and still shooting for the moon in this world-premiere musical. After shocking their wives by winning a high profile jingle contest, they are catapulted out of Brooklyn and into the cutthroat world of Madison Avenue.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

King Kong

A musical adaptation of Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace’s novella.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Mean Girls

A musical adaptation of the hit 2004 film.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Magic Mike

A stage adaptation of Steven Soderbergh’s film about male strippers.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2016-2017
  • Cast: TBA

Miss Saigon

An American soldier named Chris marries Kim in Vietnam before departing for the US. Three years later, he returns to find Kimstill alive and raising Thuy, a boy he fathered. With the Viet Cong are closing in on the city and two women wanting the only place in his heart, Chris has big decisions to make.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2016
  • Cast: TBA

The Prom

An original musical about a gay couple who want to attend their high school prom

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Rear Window

Keith Reddin (Maybe, Black Snow) adapted the play from the original 1942 short story, about a housebound man who witnesses a murder in a nearby building. The tale is best known from Alfred Hitchcock’s Academy Award-nominated 1954 film.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Cast: Kevin Bacon

Rebecca

Based on the classic Daphne du Maurier novel, this musical is the story of Maxim de Winter, his new wife, and Mrs. Danvers, the controlling and manipulative housekeeper of Maxim’s West Country estate of Manderley — where the memory of his first wife, the glamorous and mysterious Rebecca, still casts a shadow.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Shakespeare in Love

Promising young playwright Will Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he finds his muse in the form of passionate noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. A stage adaptation of the 1998 Best Picture winning film.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2016-17 Season
  • Cast: TBA

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

Revival of the Off-Broadway play with music about a reclusive girl who can imitate famous singing divas.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2016-2017 Season
  • Cast: Christina Bianco

Singin’ in the Rain

Revival of the stage adaptation of the 1952 film musical.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2016
  • Cast: TBA

Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Revival of the long-running revue showcasing the team’s songs, such as “Hound Dog,” “Charlie Brown” and “On Broadway.”

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target First Preview: July 19, 2016.
  • Target Opening: Aug. 18, 2016.

Soul Train

The story of producer Don Cornelius, who created the long-running TV variety show “Soul Train.” Score includes soul and R&B songs showcased in the series.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2017
  • Cast: TBA

Top Hat

The glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers comes to the stage in this classic dance musical.

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2016-2017 Season
  • Cast: TBA